Monday, January 30, 2012

The Dugbog: Mandrake Killers from the Marsh

In the marshlands of Europe, North America, and South America; a creature with excellent camouflage hunts in the waters. The Dugbog is a creature which resembles a piece of dead wood (while stationary) but, once getting closer you realize its a terrifying predator. The Dugbog can get between two to three feet long in adulthood and as it gets older, the more it resembles a piece of drift wood. After leaving the water, the Dugbog has four finned paws which is used for paddling through the waterways or galloping/waddling through the marsh at speeds of 2-4 mph (depending how large and old the Dugbog is). In appearance, next to looking like its total made out of wood, the creature grows appendages similar to the roots and branches of a fallen log. There are usually two on its back: one near the head of the creature used as an extra way of breathing underneath the water and the smaller second one carries a hidden needle point for protection from predators. Throughout the body, splinter-like points are used to help protect the creature from predators or nuisance creatures such as turtles and birds. Within these splinters (including the smaller appendage at the posterior of the animal) is filled with a venom which basically causes the predator to have nausea.

Through the marshlands, the Dugbog enjoys snacking on small animals such as muskrats, snakes, turtles, and ducks with their sharp teeth. Occasionally, they accidentally bite ankles and hands which go through the water of humans. Though mainly a carnivore, it is known that they do feast upon mandrakes, a type of animal-plant hybrid which looks similar toward a human. Though its unknown if the mandrake is actually an animal or plant, the Dugbog has been categorized as an omnivore due to this mystery.
The illustration above is what a Dugbog would look like if (not stationary) gliding through the marshland looking for either Mandrake farms or wild Mandrakes (which is native to Europe but, was brought over seas for farming).

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